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Vulnerability Assessment – Mauritania

Climate Change: Vulnerability Assessment in Mauritania


Funding: German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Duration: 01/2015 – 11/2015

The aim of this project is to assess the vulnerability of rural livelihood systems (agriculture & pastoralism) to climate change at sub-national and local level in Mauritania. Adaptation to climate change is known to be particularly poor in rural areas. To alleviate the problem, the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) has initiated a project to assess how the capacity to adapt to climate change in rural areas can be improved. The main objectives are to support key national actors in the design and implementation of adaptation measures identified within national planning processes and to strengthen intra- and intersectoral cooperation.

Together with adelphi, Z_GIS carries out a spatially explicit vulnerability assessment to climate change for specific livelihood sectors (agriculture & pastoralism). The assessment will integrate a variety of different datasets and establishes vulnerability indices for present-day and future conditions. The assessment approach builds on the recommendations of the ‘The Vulnerability Sourcebook’, which was also contributed to by Z_GIS.

Improving adaptation to climate change in rural areas will be achieved through activities in three areas:

  • Integration of adaptation to climate change into national strategy and planning processes
  • Design and implementation of site-specific adaptation measures
  • Improving of capacity building processes related to climate change and rural development

The project focuses on the regions of Assaba and Brakna in the Sahel zone of southern Mauretania

Specific research input:
  • Application of the Vulnerability Sourcebook
  • Development of indicator framework and data collection
  • Spatial modelling of climate change vulnerability
  • Visualisation of results

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